ENFIELD — The state’s newly passed $626 million “jobs bill” includes $2.2 million to Asnuntuck Community College’s Manufacturing Technology Center.

The center is planning to increase its number of full-time students from 200 to 350, and its incumbent workers from 325 to 450. Funds will be distributed over two years.

The program trains workers entering the job market for the first time and retrains dislocated workers.

The jobs bill also includes $17.8 million in funding to clone Asnuntuck’s precision manufacturing program at three community colleges yet to be determined.

Funds at Asnuntuck will also be used to purchase new equipment.

While Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and state lawmakers have claimed that Connecticut’s controversial paid sick leave bill exempted manufacturers, not so, according to the Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA).


S.B. 913 opens up “all employers with sick leave policies — including manufacturers — to potential expensive new claims,” asserts the state’s largest business group.


“Any company with a sick-leave policy would face a new cause of action from employees who could allege retaliation if an employer seeks to deny or question the use of leave time.


“Company leave policies would essentially come under the scrutiny of the state Department of Labor (DOL) — with the realistic possibility of penalties to follow,” CBIA adds.


So a manufacturer who in any way restricts the use of leave time to an employee during a busy period when product must be moved out the door could subject the company to Department of Labor claims and penalties up to $500 for each violation as well as other sanctions.